The Middle East Business Aviation Association’s founding chairman, Ali Al Naqbi, is calling on UAE-based business aircraft operators to support the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority’s push to move business aviation operations from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Al Maktoum Airport/Dubai World Central (DWC). He cited slot shortages and timing restrictions that make life increasingly untenable at DXB, a situation that will be exacerbated in May when the airfield partially closes for a three-month-long runway rehabilitation project.
Asian Sky Group completed a regional survey to gauge Chinese aircraft operators’ interest in a new, but unspecified, business jet that is in currently in development. As part of its research, the company conducted face-to-face interviews with large-cabin business jet operators in Greater China, focusing on senior leaders involved in business jet procurement decisions. Interviewees were asked about aircraft price, range, cabin dimensions, speed and branding as well as about public perception and environmental, regulatory, and airport issues.
FlightSafety International has partnered with Gulfstream to provide an online course for FBOs on the proper ground handling for the Savannah OEM’s large-cabin business jets. The course covers all facets of handling and servicing, such as towing, parking, fueling, aircraft safety walk-around, lavatory servicing, window cleaning and snow and ice removal. “This course, which has been updated to include the G650, is a thorough review of how to keep our business jets–and the people who service them–safe,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream product support.
While the U.S. and Europe remain the largest markets for business aviation, since 2008 the growth of business aircraft fleets in Africa, Latin America and Asia has been intense. “Malaysia, which has been experiencing a strong growth in demand for business travel for several years now, is trying to attract new MRO-related investments and the conditions for that seem to be more than favorable,” said Kestutis Volungevicius, head of FL Technics.
September’s JetExpo show at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport once again provided a fascinating snapshot of how Russia’s business aviation market is continuing to develop. The overall impression from this eighth annual event is that, after a powerful growth surge, the market may be leveling off somewhat, but with every prospect of further expansion.
Yesterday’s tax auction by the Brazilian government of a Bombardier Challenger 300 and Dassault Falcon 900 at Viracopos Airport in Campinas, Brazil, failed to garner the minimum bids of $12.85 million and $5.05 million, respectively. Another auction will be scheduled, possibly by year-end, with lower minimums that have not yet been determined.
Private jet charter broker Sentient Jet said today that its travel bookings for the November and December holiday season have increased more than 70 percent over last year’s holiday season, “reflecting the continued resurgence” in private aviation. Popular travel destinations emerging so far during this holiday season include Palm Beach, Fla.; Aspen, Colo.; and New York City.
Embraer Executive Jets and Arab Wings inked a purchase agreement for a Lineage 1000 this week at the Dubai Airshow. The bizliner will be managed on behalf of an undisclosed customer and be available for third-party charter, Embraer said. It will join a Legacy 600 and 650 already on Arab Wings’ air operator certificate and will operate out of the charter management company’s base in Amman, Jordan. Delivery of the airplane is scheduled for the first quarter of next year.
Montreal-based Gal Aviation has been named an approved Bombardier Aerospace supplier. Gal manufactures and certifies cabinets, galleys and other monuments for the commercial and business jet aircraft markets. Gal vice president of business development Marc St. Hilaire said the company initially will manufacture components for Bombardier Globals. The company is also approved for all Bombardier commercial and business aircraft.
Hot on the heels of the recently unveiled Falcon 5X, Dassault will make another addition to the Falcon line of business jets and an announcement can be expected next year, Dassault Falcon Jet president and CEO John Rosanvallon told AIN yesterday at the Dubai Airshow. The addition will come at the top of the product line, he said, without revealing further details. Rosanvallon did say it will not replace an existing product.
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